Emily J Martin – Solitude Squadron


© 2020
edition of 1
dimensions in inches: 11 x 12

About this piece:

The Solitude Squadron is a set of dancer/ warriors I began making as a daily practice starting the first day of my isolation during the pandemic of 2020. The figures are made using off-cuts of Chancery paper made at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, trace mono-printing, and collage with assorted decorated and handmade papers & washi tape. The figures were named
by Shanna Leino and I thank her very much. After 60 consecutive days, I stopped the daily practice of making the figures, and I continue to make the figures at irregular intervals. I have no idea if or when I will stop. This pair was made to keep me company in my isolation.


paper, ink, washi tape

About the artist:

Lives and works in Iowa City, Iowa.

Emily Martin earned an MFA degree in painting, from the University of Iowa in 1979 where she made her first artist’s books. She joined the faculty of the University of Iowa Center for the Book in 1998. Martin has held a number of artist’s residencies and most recently was printer in residence at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford, England (2018). Her book The Tragedy of King Lear was a semi-finalist for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts Artists Book award (2020). Emily Martin’s work is in collections world-wide including the Library of Congress. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa, USA.


Emily J Martin – Solitude Squadron